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Where Creatives Find Know-How, Community, & Affirmation

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In this Age of Convenient Information Access and ready-made persona formation, why invest time and money in any training?

It was a warm sunny morning in Taos, New Mexico when I guided fifteen writers through a meditative yoga flow. When I asked them to check in with questions such as, “What am I here for?” and “What am I writing for?” a couple of them got watery eyes. Read more

In the light by mam

Business not as usual but as art

Into the light by mamnanaimie, flickr

Into the light by mamnanaimie, flickr

A growing band of people want to change the way we do business.

I have been taking stock of them for a few years. They’re not held together by profession or trade. They are painters and contractors, designers and teachers, insurance agents and literary agents.

They own retail shops and resale shops. They operate health care centers and spiritual centers. They produce events and manufacture products. They are lawyers and writers, filmmakers and trouble-makers.

They are clients of Tracking Wonder Consultancy, people who journey through our Live the Quest Learning Expeditions, subscribers to my weekly letter and to this blog. They are the entrepreneurs & artists I have been interviewing for seven years, the social entrepreneurs and NPO executive groups I have spoken to. They are people I’ve not met yet.

A common hunger bonds them.

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Does Your Manifesto have integrity?

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Don’t Just Ship It

In the past 8 or so years, corporate manifestos, entrepreneur manifestos, and creative entrepreneur manifestos have popped up in many places. Some of them seem true. Many feel derivative.

Manifestos are provocative mission statements (1).

Numerous Internet personalities and business coaches tell “thinkerly” creatives to “Just Ship It” when it comes to writing manifestos or executing other projects. The advice comes from a good place. It’s intended to trip up over-processing, resistant-laden creatives and business artists from always thinking about creating and never actually getting their work out there.

But is a manifesto something you want to just ship?

If you are someone who loves to think, who creates in part to unpack your concepts and ideas, who thrives by sharing nuanced ideas, and if your creative business arises from your way of thinking in the world, then why be ashamed of that? I invite you to reclaim manifestos’ intellectual and artistic roots.

Don’t just ship it. Dig deep, and write a manifesto with integrity. I offer some ideas below. Share your own ideas and favorite manifestos in the comments section.  Read more